Firewood, Mulch & Tanbark

Firewood
All Sellers/businesses of firewood must register with Cumberland County Weights and Measures (Ordinance 2006-9 (PDF)).

Pennsylvania firewood sales regulations are as follows:
  • Firewood must be sold by a measured "CORD", or fractional part/multiple of a measured cord.
  • One Cord is 128 Cubic Feet (Length X Width X Height)
  • A firewood seller may not sell or use terms such as truck-load, rack, pile, or face cord.
Upon delivery, the buyer should stack wood and measure it to assure proper amount.
 
                       Wood Stacked and Measuered 
 
Mulch & Tanbark
Pennsylvania sales regulations are as follows:
  • Mulch must be sold by "Volume" (cubic measure).
  • 1 cu yd = 27 Cubic Feet (Length X Width X Height)
  • A mulch seller may not sell or use terms such as truck-load, rack, or pile.

Receipts
Regardless of Payment by Check or Cash, sellers of mulch must give you a receipt showing:
 

  • Buyer and seller names, addresses, and phone/contact information
  • Kind of product purchased
  • Amount purchased
  • Price paid
  • Date

Don't think you received the correct amount of product?
    1.  If you believe you did not receive the proper amount of product 
        (firewood or mulch), do not use any of the product.
    2.  Contact our department and we can come out to help measure the 
         delivered amount, and if there is an issue, we can investigate.
    3. Often, sellers of firewood, mulch, and tanbark will load a "heaping       measure" 
         to ensure they provide at least the adequate amount of product.  Other 
         suppliers have a more meticulous approach, selling the exact amount 
         product.  The second supplier may appear to "jip" you, but are actually just 
         more precise.